The Wheatgrass And Cancer Connection
Much has been made of the relationship between wheatgrass and cancer, although the exact nature of the relationship depends greatly upon who you talk to. There does appear to be a wheatgrass and cancer connection of some sorts, but it should be mentioned from the outset that wheatgrass should not be touted as a cure for the disease, nor should it be claimed that it will prevent cancer.
There are some indications, and some studies have been conducted that wheatgrass may contain some preventative elements when cancer is concerned. It's probably going a little too far to state that wheatgrass will prevent or delay the onset of cancer, but there have been some indications that it might.
The same can be said for other foods of course, especially other grains, and wheatgrass is known to have effective healing properties. Healing whatever ails you however doesn't necessarily extend to cancer or some other dread diseases, but wheatgrass nevertheless does have healing properties.
We know that wheatgrass juice is very healthy, and is widely promoted. Some enjoy the taste and feel good about having several glasses a day. Others dislike the taste, the smell, or both, and look elsewhere for their health drink. Few will argue the fact however, that wheatgrass is healthy, especially in juice form. Obviously a healthy body is less prone to disease, even less prone to cancer, and in this regard a discussion of wheatgrass and cancer may have some merit when talking about preventive measures. Wheatgrass and wheatgrass juice are beneficial to the health of the immune system, and a strong immune system does help protect against cancer.
While wheatgrass is undoubtedly a healthy food, some go what may be a step too far in its use, by purchasing it in large quantities, or in tablets, capsules, extracts, and so on, even to the extent of going on wheatgrass diets. Like many diets, a wheatgrass diet can be unhealthy if too much reliance is placed on a single food item. In combination with other grains, cereals, fruits, nuts and vegetables, a wheatgrass diet could, on the other hand, be a very healthy one.
Claimed Benefits Of Wheatgrass - What are some of the other claims made for wheatgrass? It is claimed that wheatgrass can heal many common skin disorders. There is probably some validity to this, as the healing properties of the grass are fairly well known. On the other hand, there are many skin disorders for which there is no known cure, and treatment can be difficult. Wheatgrass may or may not be effective when it comes to a given skin problem. Wheatgrass is also promoted as a fever fighter, and a treatment for coughs, colds, and some respiratory problems. When the problem is one if inflammation or infection, wheatgrass may be of some benefit. When the disorder is due to a virus, any benefit wheatgrass may provide is problematical.
There also appears to be some validity to the claim that wheatgrass is beneficial in treating digestive problems. There have been some studies which seem to indicate this is true, however in most instances, wheatgrass, being a herb, has not undergone formal testing in the medical community, and as is usually the case with most herbal remedies, clinical evidence to back up the various claim is usually scant or absent, and one is left to rely upon word of mouth.
Summary - In summary, there's little doubt that wheatgrass is a healthy food. There's also little doubt that it's somewhat of a fad, a fad which will most likely someday be forgotten. What is very doubtful however is that wheatgrass and cancer deserve to be mentioned in the same breath, as there is no conclusive evidence that the herb has any significant effect on the disease.